SHARPhub Events

Through the Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership (SHARP), BBC Entrepreneurial Training Consulting (BBCetc) and KU, in collaboration with the five-state Midwest IDeA region (KS, OK, NE, ND, SD), is establishing a technology transfer accelerator hub in Kansas City. The SHARPhub will provide a host of resources, including coaching, partnership opportunities and business development activities, all focused on helping your technology reach the marketplace to make a difference.


2020 Grant Management Webinar Series

Every Thursday in October
Noon-1:00pm (CDT)

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Whether you are anticipating a government grant or contract, it is imperative that you are able to manage the funds received. Understanding the fundamentals necessary to manage your government dollars is key to organizing your business for success and proving your credibility for future funding. Join our Grant Management Series--offered through SHARPhub and presented by BBCetc--and learn the critical aspects of managing your money.

Click on the title to learn about the seminar and to register for each event individually:

October 1: How to Prepare a Budget for SBIT/STTR Proposals
October 8: What You Should Know About Government Audits
October 15: Practical Strategies for Indirect Rate Development
Octover 22: QuickBooks and Compliance
October 29: Policies & Procedures for SBIR/STTR Awardees

The $25.00 fee to attend this webinar will be waived if you or your company are located in one of the SHARPhub states (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma). Please contact Marisol Rodriguez at for the discount code, so you have access to this event free of charge.

2020 Developing Competitive SBIR/STTR Application for Healthy Aging Innovations

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Noon-1:00pm (CDT)

Free Webinar - Register Here

Through the SBIR and STTR programs, the Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA) Office of Small Business Research (OSBR) provides more than $100 million annually in set-aside, non-dilutive funding, and resources to support small businesses looking to commercialize technologies.  The small business programs support eligible companies and entrepreneurs creating innovative therapeutics, devices, and diagnostics that address aging, aging-related diseases, and the special needs of older Americans.

We invite entrepreneurial researchers, small businesses, and research organizations to learn how to tap into NIA’s SBIR/STTR programs, which can help accelerate research on innovations in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), AD-related dementias, and other diseases of aging.

The webinar will feature:
  * An overview of the SBIR and STTR programs and benefits of funding
  * Priority research interests for NIA-funded small businesses
  * Tips for submitting a competitive application
  * Upcoming funding opportunities and deadlines
  * Other resources and programs
  * Opportunities to discuss your application with OSBR staff

Speaker: Stephanie M. Davis, PhD, Program Manager, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health

Who Should Attend?
Individuals from the following groups are encouraged to attend:
  * Small biotech and/or health care technology businesses
  * Academic researchers
  * Technology transfer organizations
  * Women- and minority-owned small businesses, as well as entrepreneurs from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds

Questions? Contact:

Helping put life science innovation on the fast path to market.

SHARPhub is designed to help life sciences innovators accelerate transfer to the commercial market. The Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership Hub (SHARPhub) was created in 2018 to fast-track early stage technologies from the central IDeA states – Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota. The program was designed to stimulate entrepreneurship, management, small business finance, and other skills to transition discoveries and technologies from the lab into commercial products that address human health and grow the regional economy.


SHARPhub offers training, mentoring, coaching and networking opportunities to every interested university and life science entrepreneur in our five-state region. More intensive assistance can be accessed by SHARPhub cohort companies.


SHARPhub is an initiative of the nationally-recognized BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc) team, who facilitate access to important non-dilutive early stage capital, including SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer) funding opportunities.

What SHARPhub accomplished in its first 18 months


Contact Project Principal Investigators Dr. Doug Wright (
or Becky Aistrup (

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